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Healthcare data breaches hit all-time high in 2021, impacting 45M people

Fierce Health

Heather Landi

As health systems and hospitals are under unprecedented stress from the COVID-19 pandemic, their IT departments also are facing critical skills and staffing shortages as they battle unrelenting cyberattacks.

Cybersecurity breaches hit an all-time high in 2021, exposing a record amount of patients' protected health information (PHI), according to a report from cybersecurity company Critical Insights.

In 2021, 45 million individuals were affected by healthcare attacks, up from 34 million in 2020. That number has...

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